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Glimmer of hope

Fam optimistic on Bingu Stadium

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Floodlights at Bingu National Stadium

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has said it is optimistic that Confederation of African Football (Caf) will approve the state-of-the art Bingu National Stadium to host international matches.

The association was given a July 14 deadline to finalise everything ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers slated for September this year, or risk playing home matches outside the country.

However, after submitting the report, the association will wait for an answer, within seven days, from Caf.

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Fam Licencing and Compliance Manager Casper Jangale said they were hopeful that the facility would pass the test.

“Management has done a good work and we are very happy. We will be giving Caf weekly updates on the progress of the work. We have given Caf assurance that everything will be completed by July 31 2021,” Jangale said.

According to Jangale, inspection started with testing of floodlights on Monday evening before assessing areas such as dressing rooms and media facilities on Tuesday.

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The facility has been earmarked to host upcoming world cup qualifiers during the Fifa window of September, October and November.

Malawi were drawn in Group D alongside Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Mozambique.

Kamuzu Stadium was declared unfit to host international matches.

FAM was fined $6,000 for hosting Uganda in the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier in March this year.

If approved, BNS will also host Caf Champions League matches for Nyasa Big Bullets and Confederations Cup matches for Silver Strikers.

Football Consultant Kelvin Moyo also expressed optimism that the facility would be embraced.

“It looks good at the moment and I am confident that it will get approval,” Moyo said.

Among the set conditions by Caf include that the field of play must be green, smooth, leveled, and in perfect condition for a top-level football match.

There must also be covered benches of high-quality material at high level, each with seating room for at least 14 persons and positioned at least five meters from the touchline and one covered bench of high-quality material at pitch level with seating room for four match officials.

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